Shooting Breaks Out At Padres-Nationals Game Over The Weekend

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


In one of the scarier moments in the 2021 sports calendar, a shooting broke out in the Nation’s Capital just outside Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon during a Major League Baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals.   Fortunately, according to several sources, no one was killed.  However, three people were injured, and many thousands more were certainly distressed witnessing a terrifying event at a baseball game.

Thankfully, the shooter did not enter the ballpark, and the fans and players were safe.  Still, fans and players were in hysterics as they dove into the dugouts and under seats to take cover, not knowing if the shooter was inside the stadium.  The shooting occured during the bottom of the 6th inning.

Scott Fear, V.P. of public safety and security for the Washington Nationals, said afterwards,

We held shelter in place for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. At that time we said fans were allowed, not that they had to, but they were allowed to exit through Center Field Gates and Right Field Gates on the other side of the stadium, because MPD had let me know that it was safe enough that they could go outside, out of the gate that way.

The remainder of the game was postponed until Sunday, resulting in a 10-4 win for San Diego.  The two teams had another full game scheduled for Sunday, which they played after the postponed matchup.  The Nats defeated the Padres in a nail-biter, 8-7.